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I have dyslexia and other disabilities. I struggle to understand and remember the Bible and people in Church. Some people even rebuke my situation even though I've lived with it for years.

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Thank you so much for sharing your personal situation. My own Mother also has dyslexia so I know a little bit about the issues you have. She does not often read the Bible but uses an audio Bible instead.

Faith in Jesus comes from hearing the words of God and not necessarily by reading them. We can know for sure that we are not going to hell but to heaven because of Jesus. Jesus died for our wrong. He was buried to bury all of our wrong. He rose again to new life to give new life to all who trust in Him. If you trust in Jesus and try to live for him, you can know for sure you will be with him when you pass into the next life.

We believe that Jesus can forgive and heal anyone or anything. However we also acknowledge that we live in a broken and fallen world and that ultimately we will all die one day and will probably all suffer illness or issues. If you feel uncomfortable with the people who keep 'rebuking' your situation then I would advise you do not speak with them any further. Some things may not be healed in this life. Or maybe ask them to pray privately for you instead. It seems unfair that every time you say you do not understand something, instead of trying to explain the situation to you, you are prayed and rebuked. Maybe I do not fully understand what they are doing to you, but I do know that the Church environment should be one where we can feel safe and secure. We should not feel uncomfortable for the wrong reasons. Can I please encourage you to tell them how you feel and perhaps speak to the leaders about this issue.

I would like to encourage you to try and find an audio bible or listen to things instead of only reading them. It has only been possible to have your very own copy of the Bible to read due to the creation of the printing press in the last few hundred years. We live in a unique time in history where Bibles in book, app and digital form are readily available to buy in shops or read online. Many Christians in the Western world now own multiple different copies of the Bible.

Historically the Bible would have been orally communicated to people by the leaders of the community. Many people would not have been able to read but would learn the stories and pass them on to their children as they grew up. Evidence of this can be found in the Bible in Deuteronomy 6:4-7. It describes how people talked about God's words from the Bible as they went about their daily business.

When you read the Bible or listen to it, make sure you always pray for understanding. We believe that God speaks to us through the Bible and that He can help us understand it. Pray for wisdom and guidance.

Here are some tips to reading the Bible:

  • Read it / listen to it at your own pace and in your own time.
  • Make notes in a journal of things you like and also things you do not understand. These can then be discussed with other people in the Church.
  • ONLY discuss them with someone that you trust and understands your situation.
  • Do not be ashamed to admit you do not understand what the words mean. All of the world's leading Bible teachers struggle to understand some parts of the Bible.
  • Use a version of the Bible that you find easy to read and understand. There are many different versions available to cater for different people's needs. There are more literal versions that stick close to the original meaning of the Hebrew and Greek text and then there are some versions which purposefully seek to apply the original meaning to the 21st century reader. At this stage, why not choose the version which you understand more readily.
  • You can also access the Bible in audio form
  • Start reading/listening to the Bible in the Gospel of Mark as it was written to be short and to the point.
  • Try and attend Bible study sessions at your local Church where leaders can explain what the text means as you read through it together.
  • You can also meet up with friends any time to discuss the Bible.
  • When you read a little part of the Bible try to also look at the passages surrounding it to better understand the context of the passage.
  • There are hundreds of Bible commentaries available and many of them are free online. These books are written by Bible teachers to help other people understand what the Bible is saying. Refer to them!

Instead of talking to different people at Church I want to encourage you to find one or two friends or leaders there who you can share with. Perhaps invite them out for a drink to discuss how you feel. Show them this email if it helps. I'm sure that the church leaders would be willing to discuss these matters with you in greater detail, and with sensitivity to your situation. 

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world. 
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*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

*If anything in this answer affects you directly, then please feel free to call our confidential prayer line in the UK on 0845 4567729, where trained Christian volunteers will take your call and pray both for you and with you. If you are outside of the UK then you may submit your request for prayer on line at www.ucb.co.uk/prayerline


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